With Disney releasing deleted footage from Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans can at last see what Luke’s third lesson to Rey would’ve been.
Picking up where 2015’s The Force Awakens left off, a large portion of the blockbuster sequel focused on Luke Skywalker’s rocky outcrop on Ahch-To. Daisy Ridley’s Rey went there in search of answers and to continue the legacy of the Jedi. Luke promised Rey three lessons on why the Jedi Order should end, but only two made it into the final cut. There was the montage of why the galaxy doesn’t belong to the Jedi, followed by lesson two’s eerie look at the damage of the order’s hubris, but what happens in the third?
Posted by The Star Wars Show, a clip shows bandits seemingly terrorizing the Ahch-To caretakers and Rey jumping to their rescue. However, with it all being a cruel trick by Luke, the lesson here is that it takes the heart of a hero, not some ancient order, to save the day:
The grouchy Luke was a million miles away from the hopeful hero audiences left at the end of 1983’s Return of the Jedi, while his lessons served as a way to put Rey off pursuing the life of a Jedi. The deleted scene would have seen Rey complete her training, but instead, she does exactly what Luke does in The Empire Strikes Back and heads off on her own path.
It was an emotionally high scene — which also featured that hyped behind-the-scenes image of Rey running down the beach with her lightsaber — so why did Johnson cut it? Well, Mark Hamill himself is among those who have argued that Luke was treading too close to being a villain, and the third lesson may have made him even unlikable. As the theatrical release leaves it, Rey and Luke row before she blasts off in the Falcon, only for him to return for his heroic swansong.
Expect the deleted scenes to come thick and fast to hype up the arrival of The Last Jedi novelization. Jason Fry’s book was also overseen by Johnson and will feature the likes of Luke’s third lesson and a Han Solo funeral scene. However, while there is still no word on the movie’s home release, could it come alongside the novelization (March 6) or Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)? Who knows, but it looks like there is plenty of deleted scenes to give The Last Jedi a whole new level of meaning.
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